Rishi Sunak, the British Prime Minister, has been criticized for controversial statements he made about the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic during a recent inquiry. According to reports, Sunak suggested that the government should “just let people die” instead of implementing a second national lockdown. The revelation came from a note written by Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser on the Covid-19 pandemic, in his diary on 25 October 2020. The note detailed a meeting attended by then Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Sunak.
Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s top adviser during the pandemic, reportedly relayed what he heard at the meeting to Vallance. In response, Sunak’s spokesman stated that the British Prime Minister will present his position when he submits evidence to the inquiry instead of addressing each part individually.
The investigation into the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing and is expected to continue until the summer of 2026. It has already resulted in over 220,000 deaths and has had a profound impact on society as a whole. As such, it is important that all those involved are held accountable for their actions and decisions during this time.